Alexander Funeral Home - North Chapel

4200 Stringtown Road, Evansville, IN


William A. Gallmeister

October 14, 1924May 7, 2011

William Ardell Gallmeister, 86, passed away Saturday, May 7, 2011 at Angel River Health and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born on October 14, 1924 in DuQuoin, Illinois, the son of William Karl and Marie Gallmeister of Essen Germany.

Bill graduated from DuQuoin High School. He attended University of Alabama, and Harvard Business School where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Emily (Buchanan) Gallmeister; son, William Andrew Gallmeister (Ellen) of Evansville; daughter, Amy Lea Gallmeister Stewart (Jim) of Evansville; son, John Carl Gallmeister of Louisville, KY; grandchildren, Alexander William Stewart, Samuel James Stewart, Carly Ardell Gallmeister, William August Gallmeister, Lillian Bernadine Gallmeister; brother, Eugene Gallmeister (Dorothy); sister, Mary Gallmeister Norton (Dave); and many nieces and nephews.

Bill served in the US Army serving WWII as a German Interpreter. After the war, he worked in Evansville for Servel and later Mead Johnson in purchasing up to the level of Director. He retired in 1987.

He enjoyed photography, building scale models of all forms of transportation, especially aviation. He also loved music and singing, international geography, and travel.

Bill was Past Grand Master of Masons of Indiana in 1990-1991. He was Past Master of Lessing Lodge #464, he was a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, York Rite, Hadi Shriners, where he was a charter member of the Chanters. Bill was the Worshipful Master of the Lessing Lodge. He also achieved the 33rd Masonic Degree.

He was also active in the following Masonic groups: Red Cross of Constantine, Sojourners, Rosicrucian, York Rite College, Royal Order of Scotland, DeMolay Foundation, Indiana Masonic Home-Board of Directors, and Masonic Service Association.

Bill was active in many civic organizations including the following: Historic New Harmony Foundation, National Association of Purchasing Management, United Way of Southern Indiana, where he served as Chairman and Director, Boy Scouts, EPI-HAB, Kentucky Colonel, Tennessee Squire, and Admiral Nebraska Navy.

He was also an active member of St. John’s UCC, including President of Church Council.

Services will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, May 12, 2011 at Alexander North Chapel, officiated by Rev. John Branam with burial at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery. Vanderburgh County Retired Memorial Club will perform a graveside service. Friends may visit Wednesday from 2:00 to 8:00 PM at Alexander North Chapel and on Thursday from 10:00 AM until service time. Masonic services will begin at 6:30 PM Wednesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Tri-State Food Bank or Hadi Shriners Transportation Fund.


  • Visitation Wednesday, May 11, 2011
  • Masonic Service Wednesday, May 11, 2011
  • Visitation Thursday, May 12, 2011
  • Funeral Sevice Thursday, May 12, 2011


William A. Gallmeister

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May 12, 2011

Emily, sorry for Bill's passing, I know you will be lost for while. Don't know if you remember me, but I too worked at Droste's, and still do just a few hours a week. I wondered if you are a quilter, and if you would want to fill up part of a day quilting. I have done this for a few years at Aldersgate Methodist church, and have become so fond of the ladies who are there with me. If you should evef want to join us, you would be welcome. Tuesday morning 9 am. I'm just thinking of you filling a few hours. Jo Maloy

jon orth

May 11, 2011

Emily, my thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Bill was a great friend and co-worker. He will certainly be missed.

Lindsey Miller

May 11, 2011

I will miss Uncle Bill's wonderful sense of humor. He will be missed. Aunt Emily and family are in my thoughts and prayers.

May 11, 2011

Emily: Jack and I always admired Bill and all of his accomplishments--and that was enough for at least two people. You have my sympathy and prayers. Marty Vanstone

May 11, 2011

"Emily, I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember the times Larry and I spent with you and Bill while they were in Lessing Lodge together. I will always cherish our friendship..I remember one time you were at our house and you read a bedtime story to Krista..she loved it! Bill was a special man, always so giving and caring about others. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers."

Barbara (Land) Beachler
Evansville, IN

Janice Downing Knight

May 11, 2011

Emily, Andy, Amy, and Carl,
I cherish many happy memories of "Pickle Bill," and will always smile when I think of him. He was one of my dad's best long-time friends, and we spent a lot of time together in the early years on Kensington. My prayers are with you as you adjust to your loss; I hope you will always remember the good times!!

May 10, 2011

Dear Carl and family,

Condolences. I'll keep you and family in my prayers.

John Grigsby

May 10, 2011

To the familey of William Gallmeister.Thinking of you, caring about you, and wishing there were words to express the sympathy that goes out to you today.

Scott Harris

May 10, 2011

To the family and loved ones of William Gallmeister PGM,

You have my deepest sympathy for the loss of PGM Bill Gallmeister. His passing will leave a hole within our Masonic community that will be very difficult, if at all possible to fill. I hope you are able to find comfort in the knowing of just how many hearts Bill has left his mark upon. Even now as he sets aside his working tools of life, his efforts within our fraternity will continue to leave a lasting impression that will be felt for generations.

With my heart felt condolences,

Scott A. Harris MM
Past Monarch No-Ruz Grotto

Bob Poland

May 10, 2011

Dearest Emily,
Bill was my hero and mentor. I loved him dearly. I will cherish his friendship forever, and I will miss our visits at Angel Rivers. My condolences to you and your family.